Picasso, portraiture and the Plaza will highlight the autumn visual art season in Kansas City.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will present “Through the Eyes of Picasso,” which will explore Pablo Picasso’s fascination with African and Oceanic art. The exhibition will feature 170 works, with more than 60 paintings, sculptures and ceramics by the 20th century Spanish master and other pieces that were part of his personal collection. It will run Oct. 20-April 8, 2018.
“The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” is a touring exhibition that will stop Oct. 5-Jan. 7, 2018, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery conducts the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition every three years, and it is launching the competition’s first national tour with 43 winning works drawn from more than 2,500 entries. Educational programming complementing the themes in “The Outwin” will be offered free.
Finally, the Plaza Art Fair, the area’s biggest and most prestigious art show, will fill the Country Club Plaza’s streets Sept. 22-24 with tents housing thousands of works by painters, sculptors, photographers and ceramists from around the nation. It also will include music on three stages and plenty of food options.
Among the area’s other events this fall, the Brush Creek Art Walk (Sept. 15-17) will provide a chance for visitors to watch artists in action during a plein air painting competition.
Also, the International Sculpture Conference (Oct. 25-28) will attract hundreds of sculptors and arts professionals to Kansas City, with the Marriott Country Club Plaza serving as headquarters but with events taking place all over town.
Brush Creek Art Walk
Sept. 15-17 at Brush Creek Trail
Boundaries include all of the Country Club Plaza, the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Loose Park. missourivalleyimpressionistsociety.com. Free.
Plaza Art Fair
Sept. 22-24 at Country Club Plaza
Three-day fair annually attracts more than 250,000 visitors. plazaartfair.com. Free.
“The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today”
Oct. 5-Jan. 7 at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Only Midwest venue for touring exhibition from Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. 816-753-5784. kemperart.org. Free.
“Through the Eyes of Picasso”
Oct. 20-April 8 at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Many works will be on view in America for the first time. 816-751-1278. Tickets are $10-$18 through nelson-atkins.org; free for 12 and under.
International Sculpture Conference
Oct. 25-28 at Marriott Country Club Plaza
Many area galleries will have events in association with conference. sculpture.org/kc2017.
Downtown KC Art Crawl, Sept. 13, Kansas City Artists Coalition. 2017artcrawl.eventbrite.com
Sunflower Art and Music Fest, Sept. 15-17, De Soto. desotoartsks.org
Hallmarket, Sept. 16, Crown Center. crowncenter.com
UNplaza Art Fair, Sept. 23-24, Southmoreland Park. peaceworkskc.org/unplaza
First Fridays in the Crossroads, Oct. 6, Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org
“George Timock: A Legacy in Clay,” Oct. 6-Jan. 14, Belger Crane Yard Studios. belgerartscenter.org
Summit Art Festival, Oct. 6-8, Downtown Lee’s Summit. summitartfest.org
Festival of the Arts, Oct. 14, McDanield Preschool Center, Bonner Springs. bonnerspringsartsalliance.org
First Fridays in the Crossroads, Nov. 3, Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org
First Fridays in the Crossroads, Dec. 1, Crossroads Arts District. kccrossroads.org
“Eugene Richards: The Run-on of Time,” Dec. 9-April 15, Nelson-Atkins Museum. nelson-atkins.org